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Library Newsletter May 2017

Mega-popular kids’ author Lemony Snicket makes rare appearance May 3

bookcover-goldfish-ghostCommunity members are invited to a special presentation on May 3 by insanely popular author Lemony Snicket and his illustrator wife Lisa Brown.

This talented duo will discuss their latest collaboration “Goldfish Ghost,” a heartwarming tale about the search for belonging, at 6 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

Well-loved as the author of the immensely successful books “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (now a Netflix original series), Lemony Snicket brings his signature weird and just a bit unfortunate writing style to “Goldfish Ghost.” Succinct and visually compelling, the combination of Snicket's text with critically acclaimed artist Brown’s warm visual world make this an unforgettable tale geared toward kids ages 3-6. However, Lemony Snicket's devoted fans range in age from 7 to 30-plus and will undoubtedly want to meet him up close and personal, ask some questions and have up to two additional books signed of Lemony's brought from home.

Snicket is the author of "The Dark," which won the Charlotte Zolotow Award.  His series "All the Wrong Questions" and "A Series of Unfortunate Events" have sold more than 70 million copies and have been translated into 39 languages.

Brown is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of a number of books for young readers including "Boy's Good Night" and "The Latke That Couldn't Stop Screaming.”  She recently illustrated the critically acclaimed "Emily's Blue Period" and "The Airport Book" for Roaring Brook Press.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe, this special presentation is part of the library’s 20th anniversary celebration.
Tickets are $20 each and include a copy “Goldfish Ghost” and two admissions. Tickets are limited and available at

For more information, contact 949-830-7100 ext. 5107 or

Writers Present Julie Foudy – ‘Choose to Matter’

bookcover-choose-to-matterLocal sports icon Julie Foudy, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion with the United States women’s national soccer team, will discuss her new book “Choose to Matter: Being courageously and fabulously you” at 6:30 p.m. on May 23 at the Norman P. Murray Center.

“Choose to Matter” is for the teenage girl just starting her journey or the woman at a critical fork in the road. It's for anyone who needs a little push to find courage, motivation and confidence. Life lessons from Foudy and other inspiring women such as Robin Roberts, Mia Hamm, Alex Morgan and Sheryl Sandberg espouse the values of dreaming out loud, laughing often and finding joy in all aspects of life. These diverse women share their journeys of growth so that other young women can also live courageously.

For more than a decade, Foudy has encouraged young women to find their voice, think differently and empower others. This book serves as a hands-on guide to help young women celebrate the courageous leader that lives in us all.

Foudy will bring some special guests for a “sock talk” to inspire audience members as they pursue their dreams and make important life decisions.

This free Writers Present program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore. Books will be available for $17.99 plus tax and Foudy will be on hand after the presentation to sign books purchased at the event.  For more information, contact 949-830-7100 ext. 5105 or

Friends on Facebook and at Arts Alive

article-facebookWe now have a Facebook page under Friends of the Mission Viejo Library!  Become a friend of ours, like, follow and share our page and learn more about our activities and upcoming events.  Check out posts from the April 10 Bill Walton author presentation and information about the City’s Arts Alive Festival April 29-30.  The Friends will be at Arts Alive on Sunday, April 30, so stop by our booth to browse books for sale, get the latest schedule of author and other fundraising events and learn about volunteering to support the Mission Viejo Library.

Play Texas Hold ‘Em Poker to benefit the Friends of the Library

bookcover-choose-to-matterThe Friends is now registered as one of several local nonprofit organizations that will benefit from the Mission Viejo Rotary Club’s poker tournament and fundraiser on Saturday, June 10.  The event kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center with a silent auction.  Dinner follows at 5 p.m. and gaming begins at 6:30 p.m.  Guests will enjoy poker and roulette tables, live entertainment and dancing.  Cost is $100 for players (21 and older) and $35 for folks who just want to enjoy the evening’s events and contribute to a great cause. To register as a player or participant, visit and designate the Friends as your charity of choice.

Cyndi’s List:  Your Personal Genealogy Catalog

article-soccgsWhen was the last time you used Cyndi’s List? This carefully curated and indexed resource has been around since the beginning of the Internet and is better than ever.  Francie Kennedy will talk about the evolution of this valuable genealogy resource, how to navigate the site and the most effective ways to use the categories, subcategories and search box.  Find out what’s new on Cyndi’s List and discover surprises and delights that will help with your family research.

Francie is a 4th generation Californian who studied English and biology at Pomona College in Claremont. She managed a business in landscape design and consulting before spending more than 22 years with the local water district helping residents and businesses with their water use.

Francie has been involved with community groups for more than three decades, serving as president of the San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library, chair of the Los Rios Historic District Review Committee and as past president of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society. Historical research is her passion. Don’t miss this informative and interesting discussion from 10 a.m. to noon on May 13 at the LDS Church building at 27976 Marguerite Parkway.

For more information, contact

Do you fancy opera?

article-opera-DVDThe library recently received a generous donation of opera DVDs. In fact, about 45 disks were added to our circulating collection. The donation includes great works like Claudio Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” and “L'incoronazione di Poppea” and “Lohengrin” and “Siegfried” by Richard Wagner as well as a 22-disk collection of the complete operatic works by Mozart. Performed at the Salzburg Festival during the 2006-2007 season on the 250th anniversary of his birth in 1765, the collection includes “Marriage of Figaro” and “Don Giovanni” along with lesser-known works like “Ascanio in Alba" and “L'oca del Cairo.”

In addition to this donation, the library has about 80 opera DVDs including more modern works by John Adams and Tan Dun. Even if you’re not an opera lover, you might find a special DVD to enjoy. These entertaining disks are located in the center of the library between the checkout and adult reference desks.

May 6 jazz concert will feature renowned musicians

article-alex-hahn-jazzA special concert featuring alto saxophonist Alex Hahn and pianist Ron Kobayashi is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

Hahn and Kobayashi will join the incredibly talented students of the La Paz Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Robbins.

Alex Hahn is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator. He performed with the 7-time Grammy-nominated One O’clock Lab Band and is a featured soloist on the Lab 2014 album. He also won the Perform with Mintzer Competition and jammed with saxophone legend Bob Mintzer in Chicago. Most recently, Hahn recorded with Michael Bublé for his newest album. He’s currently a student at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz under the direction of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. The group has performed at the Panama Jazz Festival, Sitka Jazz Festival and will perform for International Jazz Day in Cuba.

Kobayashi performs alongside bassist Baba Elefante and drummer Steve Dixon as the Ron Kobayashi Trio, which has received high acclaims from Southern California audiences. The trio has been voted “Best Jazz Group in Orange County" and was nominated as “Best Jazz" at the Orange County Music Awards.

Tickets, which include dessert, are $10 general admission; $7 for seniors; and $5 for students.  This fun musical evening includes raffle opportunities for great prizes.  Tickets are available by contacting or 949-830-1725.

Save these dates and purchase your tickets now!

Writers Present:  Scott Turow – June 6, 2017 with VIP option:
Writers Present:  Alan Alda – June 13, 2017 with VIP option: